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ETCH Sparkling on the world of alcohol-free beverages

What to listen for

When making the shift to an alcohol-free life, Jason and Andy Quin noticed the lack of options available  for those looking for an alcohol-free adult beverage without tonnes of sugar or preservatives. It was from this insight that their family-run beverage business on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula of Victoria - ETCH Sparkling - was born.

In this episode, Pia sits down with Jason & Andy to unpack Jason’s journey to maintained recovery, learn more about alcohol-free beverages, and discuss overcoming barriers to seeking help with alcohol, and the importance of finding alternative ‘rituals’ in recovery.


You’ll also hear from Dr Chris Davis, Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer at Clean Slate Clinic, for his clinical insights.

Key takeaways

  • Redefining alcohol-free beverages: Alcohol-free adult drinks don't have to imitate alcoholic drinks to be enjoyable and sophisticated. Alcohol-free options that don't imitate alcohol are also important for people in recovery, as they provide a real and tasty alternative without triggering cravings.

  • Experimenting with alcohol-free periods: Testing an alcohol-free period can reveal dependence issues, as it did for Jason, who realised he couldn't stop. Don't ignore signs that suggest a potential problem.

  • The importance of support during recovery: Jason credited the support from his family and loved ones as a crucial aspect of his recovery, particularly in maintaining accountability during his relapse.

  • How to support a loved one: It can be useful for support persons to research addiction and understand their loved ones experience. Creating a safe space, as Andy did by removing alcohol from the home, can also be helpful. 

  • Understanding relapse as a support person: It's important to practice cautious optimism when supporting a loved one through addiction as the chances of relapse are high, and relapse is often apart of an individuals long-term recovery journey.

  • How rituals can help change our drinking habits: Rituals play a significant role in our relationship with alcohol, and incorporating these into our consumption of non-alcoholic alternatives can help with changing our drinking habits.

Learn more

To find out more about ETCH Sparkling, head to their ⁠⁠Website⁠⁠Instagram⁠ or Facebook.

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A reminder

Clean Slate Clinic is a regulated health service, but the Clean Slate podcast is an educational resource and not a substitute for professional health advice, treatment or assessment. If you are struggling with any of the issues raised in this podcast, please see a healthcare professional or call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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